Witness the return of Washington’s most famous Italian chef. Roberto Donna is running the kitchen at La Forchetta, which opens tonight in Wesley Heights near American University. Try the Neapolitan pizzas, prepared in a piping, 700-degree-plus wood-burning oven, located smack in the center of the restaurant. Owner Hakan Ilhan boldly predicts that you’ll like these pies better than the ones at venerable 2 Amys. A dozen savory styles are available, ranging from the traditional margherita ($12.95) to a salted egg, pecorino and raw fennel-topped pie ($13.95), plus a few dessert varieties. The menu also includes various calzones, risottos, homemade pastas and sausages. The main dishes feature, among other things, a cornish hen ($16.95) and organic veal skirt steak ($19.95). The restaurant, located at 3201 New Mexico Ave NW, opens at 5 p.m.
Coming up: Got plans for Easter brunch? Check out the offerings at BlackSalt, Blue Duck Tavern, Bombay Club, Dino and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, among other places.
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